March 7th, 2013
01:28 PM ET

Osama bin Laden son-in-law, an al Qaeda spokesman, captured and brought to U.S.

Reporting from Barbara Starr and Susan Candiotti

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who has served as an al Qaeda spokesman, was captured and has been brought to the United States, two administration officials and a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is being held in New York, and will appear in court Friday to face federal charges, the law enforcement official said.

A sealed indictment lays out charges against him, the administration officials said.

Abu Ghaith was captured within the past week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York.
Congress was notified when Ghaith was taken into U.S. custody, the administration officials said.

The U.S. Treasury Department has described Abu Ghaith as "the official spokesman of al Qaeda since his appointment to that position after the attacks of September 11, 2001."

He appeared in videos as "the mouthpiece of bin Laden," the department said.

Bin Laden, leader of the terrorist al Qaeda network that staged the 9/11attacks on the United States, was killed in a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan in 2011.

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  3. alumette

    How long is that guy going to stay alive so he may testify ? I am willing to bit, he will soon be found DEAD in his cell and no one will be able to trace down the culprit, or they will have some poor guy taking the fall. I expect either situation. Some "things" are never met to be in the open.

    March 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  4. Skorpio

    Paying bounties to Muslim women to capture and eliminate Islamic terrorists, Islamic clerics and devout Muslims is the cheapest and most effective way to get rid of all those Islamic rats. Osama Bin Laden was captured because he was betrayed by his concubines.

    March 8, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • skippy

      Well Skorpio, guess he should have stuck with one woman like the BIBLE teaches instead of having a house full of concubines!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  5. Fred Phred

    A Bin Laden in the US? Is he staying as a guest of the Bush's like in 2001?

    Remember those airplanes that were given clearance to take off when all the other commerical planes were grounded?

    March 8, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • alumette

      Indeed.

      March 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  6. 1371usmc

    Yahoo now we tax payers get to pay millions to put him on trial then pay the bill for his life in prison. Thanks a lot ever thought that a bullet is a whole lot cheaper

    March 8, 2013 at 5:21 am | Reply
  7. helenecha

    Ok, the terrorist of al Qaeda was captured in a military action and Obama Administration is going to lay out charges against him. The decision to put the war criminals to America is so bad unless his family members and friends were expected to see by Americans. Let’s pray to them!

    March 8, 2013 at 4:30 am | Reply
  8. George Patton

    Thank you Jordan for capturing and deporting al Qaeda terrorist !!! You are our true ally. It is interesting to note that, if Zero Dark Thirty was based on true reports, all the muslim terrorists were held in secret CIA prisons in "muslim or Arab countries", and approved torture on them by their governments.

    March 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply

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